Building a compassionate community
through the care of companion animals

HomeBuddies Program

HomeBuddies and Meals on Wheels: a perfect partnership

It is common for the bond that forms between a pet and their homebound or elderly caregiver to be very deep. Pet ownership among this group of people has been shown to have dramatic positive effects including reduced stress, fewer feelings of isolation and loneliness, lowered blood pressure and a greater sense of general wellbeing.   

Woman_in_wheelchair_petting_dogAt the same time, elderly and homebound Meals on Wheels clients often have a particularly challenging time providing appropriate care for their pets. They frequently have limited access to appropriate pet food and little or no access to veterinary care. Rather than give up the companionship of their pet, these pet owners may feed people-food and forgo veterinary care altogether. That’s where we help!

We partner with the Voluntary Action Center’s Meals on Wheels program to provide pet food and supplies to clients of the Meals on Wheels programs. VAC volunteers deliver the pet supplies along with their regularly scheduled visits. In addition, the HomeBuddies Coordinator makes contact on a periodic basis providing pet care advice, transportation to and from routine vet visits on a limited basis and generally works to resolve any pet-related issues as they appear.

If you’d like more information about this program, contact Jon at 815-758-2457 ext. 102 or jkoffenberger@tailshumanesociety.org.

All pet food, supplies and veterinary care is provided for free of charge!

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Tails is Hiring!

Do you have event/fundraising and grant writing experience? Enjoy promoting and marketing? We are hiring a full time Development and Marketing Manager! Apply through the link or email your resume to Michelle at mgroeper@tailshumanesociety.org.

Thank you DCCF!

Thank you to the DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL) for awarding us a $1300 Community Needs grant! This will help offset the cost of new kennel doors in our behind the scenes dog room. The original doors are over 12 years old and badly need to be replaced after housing thousands of dogs over the years.

Thank you QLP!

We'd like to say thank you to our awesome friends at Quality Logo Products and everyone who participated in their #QLPHowloween event! By sharing posts of your animals in costume, you raised $1,000 for our shelter - we're howling with excitement here!

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